“Where there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see.” ~ Dorothea Lange


2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 13,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 3 Film Festivals

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The Best of 2012

ADMITTEDLY, I HAVEN’T REALLY DONE A WHOLE LOT of photography in 2012.  In retrospect, what I did manage to shoot, I was very happy with.    In no particular order, here are  my ten favorite images from 2012.  I hope you enjoy them.

I shot this image on January 12, 2012 at 6:08 PM. This is an image that I shot prior to discovering how great it is to shoot in RAW. I wish I had this one to do again! Well, possibly in January. (Weather permitting)

Winter Sunset ~ Shot at f/11, 100 ISO for 20 seconds

Winter Sunset ~ Shot at f/11, 100 ISO for 20 seconds
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This image is from January 12, 2012 taken about about 3:50 in the afternoon. This was prior to my purchase of an ND filter so what you don’t see in this image is exactly how dark of an area this really was.   At the time, that was what I needed to make this effect work.

Around The Bend

Around the Bend ~ Shot at f/22, ISO 100 for 6 seconds.
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The next two images were both shot in the wee hours of the morning during a massive snow storm on February 25, 2012.  Lone Tree, I am certain, is not just the best of the year but one of my best image to date. It has certainly been quite popular.

Lone Tree

Lone Tree ~ Shot at f/4.5, ISO 1600 for 1/4 second.
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Spot Lit Snow Conversion

Spot Lit Snow ~ Shot in f/4.5, ISO 1600 for 1/8 second.
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On March 27, 2012, I did a photo shoot at the Laughing Dog Brewery in Ponderay, Idaho.   During this shoot, I captured an image of a table and absolutely fell in love with the light that was falling on it.   I decided to be creative with this image and converted it to black and white and then added a High Key effect to it.  The results have been a source of much debate but in the end, I really like the image that I ended up with when it was all said and done.

Table For Two
The next two images were both shot on April 11, 2012. As you might be able to tell, this was after I had discovered that shooting in RAW format increased the overall quality of the image….immensely!

Barely Hanging On

Barely Hanging On ~ Shot at f/3.5, ISO 100 for 1/60 second
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Sideview ~ Shot at f/22, ISO 100 for 10 seconds.
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I would have never thought it possible, but one of my favorite images this year, was shot with my iPhone 4S.  This image is from the old courthouse at Fort Steele just outside of Cranbrook, British Columbia.

Like Something Out Of A Dream

Like Something Out Of A Dream ~ Shot with my iPhone 4S.
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Finally, the last two images were shot from the rooftop of the Rivertide Suites Hotel in Seaside, Oregon on September 17, 2012.  I was there having a great time and the sunset and subsequent blue hour that night were magical.

A Bluish Gold

A Bluish Gold

Seaside Oregon

Seaside, Oregon ~ Shot at f/11, ISO 100 for 15 seconds
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This next year, I am going to be making a concentrated effort in the areas of moving water and blue hour imagery. I am looking forward to learning all I can in those areas and will be sharing the journey with you here.

See you in 2013.

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